2021Q3 REVIEW: Planning

Sep 17, 2021
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2021Q3. As we focus on “planning”, how does better forecasting impact our success and calm?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2021Q3 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your forecasting and scheduling over the last three months. What role are expectations and surprises...

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Moving Mountains

Sep 10, 2021
 

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What do you do after hoisting buildings and tunneling under water fails? You move a mountain. Find out why Chicago’s River flows backwards.


Recently, I had the fortune of co-leading a Team Optimization event in the Windy City. Perched above the buzz of downtown Chicago, I could see the characteristic teal blue of the Chicago River inviting me down to the Riverwalk. Before my meeting, I darted down to street level for (predictably) a no-foam soy latte and a side of...

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I Quit!

Aug 28, 2021
 

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The Great Resignation marks a massive exodus of workers seeking trust, significance, and engagement. Uncover the impact of the WFH movement.


The word resignation has a few meanings. The most common usage defines the act of retiring or giving up a position. Resignation also identifies the document conveying someone's intention of retiring. …And, resignation can describe the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable. These days, employers are discovering...

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Don’t Get Trapped

Aug 20, 2021
 

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Discover how Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru, a no-win training scenario, challenges us to reconsider dated decision trees and break the rules!


Star Trek’s Kobayashi Maru is a fictional training simulation known to be a no-win scenario. One Starfleet Academy cadet took the test three times before reprogramming the parameters and ultimately solving the unsolvable. We’ve all experienced the lose-lose dilemma. Sometimes, it is even of our own making, like an...

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Anytime You Wish

Jul 16, 2021
 

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As leaders, we sometimes feel like we are “doing time”. What can a famous prison break teach us about getting caught and doing “good time”?


While visiting San Francisco, I heard something not everyone at my location heard. I was just over a mile from the mainland. My hair was frenzied by the same wind the seagulls seem to navigate with ease. The swift current and frigid water swirled around the island-- once a camping spot, lighthouse, military...

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2021Q2 REVIEW: Toughness

Jun 18, 2021
 

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2021Q2. As you focus on “toughness”, how does drive and persistence play into your success?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2021Q2 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your perseverance over the last three months. What role are grit and tenacity playing? How can you...

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Death Zone Leadership

Jun 11, 2021
 

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The Death Zone is 23,000+ feet, where oxygen cannot sustain human life. At that altitude, can you still be polite? Or, are you the “DUD”?


Chris Warner, mountaineer and co-author of High Altitude Leadership, has led over 150 summit expeditions. For Warner, a typical day at the office is near the Death Zone. It is called the death zone because, at 23,000+ feet above sea level, available oxygen in the air cannot sustain human life. It is not just the lack of...

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Best Job EVER

Jun 04, 2021
 

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Which markers does Glassdoor use to rank the top 100 ‘Best Places to Work’ and what does a Starbucks Frappuccino have to do with it?


I have always imagined how much fun it would be to work at a coffee shop! I wouldn’t run the cash register; I would be a barista. I know, you probably have to refill the paper towels in the restrooms and take out the trash. But, wouldn’t it be fulfilling getting to know customers and their favorite drinks? I have...

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Playing Your Hand

May 07, 2021
 

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How does evolution of the four suits, the ace, the “suicide king” of hearts, and the joker inspire us to lead teams with pure intentions?


Every summer, we got to visit my cousins’ house where we were always treated to new magic tricks. My favorite tricks were the card tricks! Misdirection and sleight of hand serve the magician well, but it is certainly not recommended for the ethical card player. As leaders, we are all dealt a hand. We don’t get...

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It Remains Day 1

Apr 23, 2021
 

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Jeff Bezos wrote a final letter to his employees, what were his parting words and how can his Day 1 Mindset inspire you toward your Amazon?


What do Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have in common? They were incubated in a garage, ranked in the top 25 US companies for revenue according to the Fortune 500 (second, fourth, eleventh, and twenty-first, respectively), and rated as the world’s four most valuable brands.1, 2, 3 Visual Capitalist reports Amazon,...

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